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2017 Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany: World’s Biggest Gathering on Accelerating Action for Sustainable Land Use

22 Dec 2017

Unconventional environmental advocates— from yogi Sadhguru to actor Alec Baldwin—join heads of state, environment ministers, scientists, indigenous leaders, NGOs and youth to advance innovative solutions for sustainability

Indigenous peoples confirm involvement in GLF to 2022

20 Dec 2017

A coordinating forum of the world’s indigenous peoples has confirmed its involvement in the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) over the next five years with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the latest event in Bonn, Germany. The Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development (IPMG) together with the Center for International Forestry […]

New studies analyze progress, challenges of forest tenure reform in Uganda

23 Nov 2017

This content is temporarily offline. For information on CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on Forest Tenure Reform (GCS-Tenure), visit

Indonesia to host 2018 Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit

21 Nov 2017

Bogor (Indonesia), November 20, 2017 Indonesia has announced that it will host the third Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit next year. The announcement took place last week in Bonn, Germany, where thousands of negotiators, policymakers, researchers, journalists and campaigners had gathered for global climate talks at COP23. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Indonesia’s Minister of Environment and Forestry, invited […]

REDD+ potential for abuses indicates need for indigenous rights-based approach

13 Nov 2017

Bonn (Germany), November 10, 2017 REDD+ has potential to exacerbate conflicts over land and abuses of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, unless it is reoriented to promote participation and to strengthen indigenous rights. In a new publication from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), scientists Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti and Anne Larson analyze multiple allegations of […]

New Director General reflects on the future of forests and research

01 Nov 2017

Bogor (Indonesia), November 1, 2017 Today marks the first day in office for Robert Nasi as incoming Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). He is not new to CIFOR, having collaborated and worked with the organization for more than 20 years, most recently as Deputy Director General for Research. In his […]

Recent forest loss helps predict timing and location of Ebola outbreaks

31 Oct 2017

Bogor (Indonesia), October 31, 2017 Scientists have identified a time lag of up to two years between forest loss and the emergence of Ebola virus disease along the limits of the West and Central African rainforest. A new study published in the international journal Scientific Reports, led by scientists from the Center for International Forestry […]

Leadership transition to build on CIFOR’s success and impact

20 Oct 2017

Bogor (Indonesia), October 20, 2017 After five years as Director General for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Peter Holmgren has decided to move on. Under his leadership, CIFOR has emerged as a leading international organization in forestry research, outreach and engagement, addressing development and climate challenges. “It has been a true honor to […]

Forest loss may lead to more hurricanes, scientists warn

18 Sep 2017

Bogor (Indonesia), September 18, 2017 According to emerging theories, the world’s standing forests may be protecting continents against cyclonic storms, such as hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones. But as these forests disappear, scientists anticipate more frequent and more destructive storms. Recent research conducted in collaboration with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) suggests that forests […]

Local law and collaboration across sectors key to fire and haze prevention

30 Aug 2017

Pekanbaru (Indonesia), August 30, 2017 The 2015 fire and haze event had severe effects for people and the environment. Since then, governments, companies, local communities, NGOs and donors have engaged in a variety of initiatives to prevent and manage forest fires. A national policy dialogue organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in […]